A good friend of mine has been trying to organise a week up in Scotland (from the 23rd October to 30th October) including a few days stalking for five of us. We appear to have hit a bit of a brick wall.
Having got a preliminary ok for few days hind cull stalking on one estate and a day or two on the neighbouring estate (and having booked the accomodation on one of them) we were awaiting costs before confirming the number of days.
We have now been told that there is no availability on one of the estates (after they had initially told us there was...but have now descovered we're not staying on their estate) and the other estate has quoted us £150 a hind (yes you did read that correctly) and as such i'm not preppared to pay that sort of money for hinds. I know estates and stalkers need to make money etc but i think that is a bit much.
Does anyone know of any stalking in Sutherland or surrounding area, we're staying the the southeast corner. There are 5 of us, two couples (who want to stalk with their respective halves) and myself. I have my own rifle but have limited experiance stalking, its all been down south for roe and fallow. The others would need an "estate" rifle but have all been stalking in Scotland before, ideally we'd all be accompanied. We don't necessarily have to all stalk on the same days, probably looking for only two or three each, for three of us.
We are prepared to pay the going rate and so not after a freebe, just something realistic. Is anybody able to help me?
Would also be interested in some other shooting/fishing in the area if you know of anything that week?
Many thanks in advance.